ArtsCommon 118 Design Concepts

ArtCommon 118 is envisioned as two buildings working together to create a creative hive for the Alberta Avenue District. Here’s some facts:

Location Map
The land surrounded by the red border is land that the City has donated to the ECDC for this project. The land with orange borders was purchased by the ECDC.

The consultations done on August 29th will further inform the vision and development f ArtsCommon 118. We wanted to get with the neighbourhood to get people’s ideas and feedback before moving to detailed drawings.

Functional/Programmatic Vision
• 78 affordable live-work studios for artists;
• two floors of market space for artists and other local businesses;
• a community arts coffee shop as the district’s arts and culture and community building hive;
• performance, exhibition, and collaborative spaces for up to 200 people (maybe more!);
• social enterprise development and job creation;
• urban, roof-top farming in a partnership with Northlands;
• free instruction and instruments to disadvantaged youth and seniors via the Sarah McLachlan School of Music (SMSoM);
• a 2,000 square foot industrial kitchen to foster social enterprise, encourage community use, and meet the needs of the Carrot Community Coffee House;
• office and program space for non-profits;
• the marriage of economic and social inclusion goals (e.g. farmers and night markets); • a desire to build green infrastructure (i.e. net zero); and
• operational sustainability.

For a two pager on the project, click HERE.



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